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Next Forum meeting on 16 March at Alderley Park

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Following on from a very interesting meeting at BBC North in MediaCityUK, the next meeting of the Forum will take place at Alderley Park, Cheshire. The meeting will be a panel discussion focussing on “Investing in the North West’s world-class Science”. Panel members include Dr Chris Doherty (Site Director, Alderley Park), Dr Annie Keane (City of Science), Sally MacDonald (MSI Manchester) and Dr Peter Simpson (N8 Research Partnership).

The meeting will commence at 5pm for 5.30pm and be followed by an optional tour of the Alderley Park site.

Winner of 2016 Lever Prize Announced

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The Museum of Science and Industry has won the prestigious Lever Prize 2016 for a joint project with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), exploring the interaction between arts and science. Now entering its eleventh year, the Lever Prize is judged by the North West Business Leadership Team in partnership with Arts & Business. The prize includes £10,000 cash and the opportunity of collaborating with some of the region’s most influential business leaders.

The Lever Prize is an annual award given to arts organisations in North West England who are judged to be regionally distinctive with international or potentially international significance, and who show a high calibre existing work and can demonstrate exciting future developments.

The collaboration between Museum of Science and Industry and FACT will have an educational focus, and provide both formal and informal learning opportunities for young people, exploring physical and digital making, and the interaction between arts and science.

Tangerine Chair to join North West Business Leadership Team

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Sandy Lindsay MBE, founder and chair of Tangerine, is to join the North West Business Leadership Team, an independent group of influential business leaders who work together to promote the sustainable economic development and long-term well-being of England’s North West.

Membership is by invitation only and is made up of approximately 30 senior executives from the region’s major businesses. It operates as an independent business voice for the North West, providing valuable strategic support and influencing policy.

Productivity the key theme at NWBLT’s latest House of Commons briefing

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North West MPs met today for their latest business briefing with the North West Business Leadership Team and invited guests at the House of Commons. On this occasion the briefing focused mainly on NWBLT’s forthcoming report on productivity. The event was sponsored by Siemens, BAE Systems and Bright Future Software and was hosted by Weaver Vale MP, Graham Evans.

Juergen Maier (NWBLT Chair and CEO of Siemens UK) gave an overview of key issues facing business in the North West, describing the overall mood as ‘cautiously optimistic’. Geoffrey Piper (CEO, NWBLT) introduced the NWBLT’s proposed productivity report, due to be published in 2016 with recommendations for addressing the productivity challenge regionally and nationally. The final speaker was Eudie Thompson (Founder and CEO of Bright Future Software) on the role of apprenticeship training in software development.

The meeting concluded with contributions from North West MPs on subjects ranging from investment in transport links to the adoption of the Living Wage and improved training in technical skills.

Two Manchester Pupils win NW Schools Science Competition

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Young people from across the North West Region have been battling it out to be crowned winners of the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition. The winners each received an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment. The competition aims to encourage more pupils to consider science as a career.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is hosted by the NWBLT in conjunction with Manchester Museum, the current holder of the NWBLT’s Lever Prize. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 from across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside were asked to submit an essay stating “Why I want to be a scientist” in less than 500 words. From there a 13-strong shortlist was drawn up to participate in the ‘Competition Final’ held in the Kanaris Lecture Theatre at the Museum.

The Winner in Year 8 was Daisy Wilson from Cheadle Hulme High School. She said “This evening has been a great opportunity. I am delighted to have won the iPad Mini and my school is going to be really pleased to receive the £250.” The Runner Up was Opeyemi Lamina from Withington Girls School. The Winner in Year 7 was Miliani Fraser-Fletcher from Cheadle Hulme School who commented “I was very nervous but thought that everyone who presented tonight did really well.” The Runner Up in Year 7 was Lottie Burnett also from Cheadle Hulme School.

NW Schools Science Competition – finalists announced

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13 pupils from across the North West Region have been shortlisted to take part in the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition presentation evening on 7th December at Manchester Museum. The winners each received an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment. The competition aims to encourage more pupils to consider science as a career.

They will be making a two minute presentation to a group of impressive judges:-

Jenny Clucas, Strategy Director Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Cogent Sector Skills Council
Phil Day, Public Engagement Manager, Daresbury Laboratory,
Rosemary Jenkinson, Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure, Arup
Amy Keerie, IMED Graduate Scientist, AstraZeneca
Bob Knowles, Technical Manager R&D, Baxi
Ken Muir, Proposals Manager, Siemens
Emily Robinson, Secondary and Post-16 Co-ordinator (Sciences), Manchester Museum
Charity Watkins, Regional Director, EDT

Creativity core to strengthening the Northern Powerhouse

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Creativity needs to be a key part of the curriculum if we are to be a driving force in the Northern Powerhouse, according to business leaders. The NWBLT Forum gathered to debate the importance of investment in training young people in both science and arts. Spearheaded in the UK by the Cultural Learning Alliance, the movement is calling to add the ‘A’ (arts) in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to become STEAM.

Speaking at a Forum meeting held at Sci-Tech Daresbury, Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum, said: “Science educators are desperate to bring more creativity to the science curriculum. When you bring art and science together, there is huge potential for really extraordinary things to happen.”

Transport Investment Urgently needed, North West Business Leaders tell Government

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The North West Business Leadership Team today presented a Transport Update Report to the Secretary of State for Transport calling for further urgent investment in the region’s transport infrastructure both in the short and long-term. The Update Report follows on from “The North West on the Move” which was published in 2013 and takes into account the increased profile given to the region by the Northern Powerhouse proposals.

Over the next five years the NWBLT is calling for the roll-out of smart electronic passenger ticketing right across the North of England, completion of the planning of HS2 and a start on its construction, initial planning of the TransNorth west-east rail link and a rolling programme of other strategic transport investments to secure business competitiveness, jobs, growth and the rebalancing of the UK economy. The NWBLT is particularly concerned that the North West has suffered over many years from the lack of forward planning of both road and rail investment, causing uncertainty for business and undermining regional competitiveness.

Next Forum on 9th November – “Building up a Head of STEAM”

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The NWBLT is delighted to announce the staging of another Forum panel debate at Sci-Tech Daresbury on 9 November (5 for 5.30pm), following the success of ‘Feeding the Creative Spark’ at Eaton Park in July. Having explored the symbiotic relationship between business, science and the arts on that occasion, the November Forum will turn this relationship on its head and examine it from the viewpoint of stimulating, and further developing, the North West’s successful wealth-generating science.

The panellists on this occasion will be Dr Chris Doherty, Managing Director of Manchester Science Partnerships based at the Alderley Park Biohub; Suzanne Jones, Head of Europe, Central Asia and Middle East, International Knowledge and Innovation Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; David Heke, Founder member of the Chester-based arts collective, ‘chart’; Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museum; and Fiona Gibson, Managing Director, Products Lead UK & Ireland, Accenture North West (authors of the NWBLT ‘Discovery to Delivery’ 2015 Science Prospectus).